Credits & Pricing

What you need to know first

Everything but text recognition proper is free of charge in Transkribus.

Credits are only needed for Text Recognition. You get 500 free credits upon signup.

Credit consumption is based on two factors: HTR-Engine (PyLaia or HTR+) and Material (Handwritten or Printed)

We are a cooperative society, all funds go directly into maintaining and further developing the platform.

Transkribus Credits


Sign up for free
  • Get 500 Credits free on signup
  • Only applicable to one "collection"
  • Can be used with any "engine"
Engine Handwritten Pages Printed Pages
PyLaia 500 3000
HTR+ 400 2500
Pages can be mixed and matched



10% Discount
  • Can be bought once per month
  • Only applicable to one "collection"
  • Can be used with any "engine"
Engine Handwritten Pages Printed Pages
PyLaia 120 720
HTR+ 96 600
Pages can be mixed and matched


10% Discount

25% Discount
  • Can be bought once per month
  • Only applicable to one "collection"
  • Can be used with any "engine"
Engine Handwritten Pages Printed Pages
PyLaia 120 720
HTR+ 96 600
Pages can be mixed and matched

All prices shown on this page include Austrian VAT of 20%.

Note: For organisations, the effective price may vary depending on whether you have an EU VAT number and in which country of the world you are located. The effective price will be shown to you during the ordering process.

About Consuming Credits

The amount of credits that is used for your text recognition depends on two factors:

The type of the material: printed or handwritten?

The text recognition engine that is used: PyLaia or HTR+?

You can spend the credits on whatever combination you would like – the type of writing and the engine that you choose only regulate how many credits per page are used. You do not have to use all the credits on just one of the options. With the calculator on the right you can calculate how many credits you would need for you project.

Credits Calculator

Calculate how many credits you need
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Frequently Asked Questions

Pylaia is the less costly engine because it is open source (but its operation and maintenance still mean costs for us), HTR+ (which will soon be updated with a newer version) is a closed-source engine and, on top of operation and maintenance, entails licensing costs for us, and it is therefore a bit more expensive to use. The new version will probably cost more, but will be technologically more advanced and also be able to use existing HTR+ models. We can’t make a general recommendation as to which engine to use: it often depends on the processed material.

We don’t 🙂 If you have trained a model with printed text or found a shared model that is obviously for printed material, please write us an email that you would like this model to be classified as “print” (don’t forget to include the model name in the email). Then we will check it and switch on print mode for this model if it actually is for printed material. From now on and as long as the model isn’t changed/retrained, every recognition performed with this model by anyone will use a lot fewer credits per page.

You can pay using PayPal, Creditcard (via Stripe) or bank transfer.

Everything about the management of credits you find below

If you buy a credit package as a subscription and not a one-time order, this means that you will be billed automatically for the same amount the following year, too. In exchange, you get a discount. Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time without any direct consequences, but we encourage you not to exploit this by cancelling before the second year just to get cheaper credits. We may discontinue this offer if there is too much exploitation. It will only work if everybody plays fair. 

No: training, layout analysis, using Transkribus for manually transcribing, etc. – i.e., everything but text recognition proper remains free of charge.

We offer two types of packages, sharable (120 & 500) and not shareable (more than 500).

Not sharable packages: 

  • Can be bought once per month
  • Only applicable to one “collection”
  • Can be used with any “engine”


Shareable Packages: 

  • Can be bought as often as you like
  • Shareable with any “collection”
  • Can be used with any “engine”


For larger Project we also offer custom packages: 

  • Custom credits package
  • For large projects and institutions
  • Can be used with any “engine”

We have a simple solution for this: all credits but the “120” and “500” packages that are bought in the online shop can be shared with other Transkribus users. This means that a representative of an institution can buy a large amount of credits and thus make the most of our quantity discounts for larger packages and later distribute them among the users at their institution who need credits.

Transkribus Scholarship Programme

The support of future scholars is one of our core values. Therefore, we offer the Transkribus studentship programme. You can get free credit packages for Transkribus handwritten text recognition for your project.

How to manage credits in Transkribus

Everything you need to know about the management of Credits in Transkribus. 

Note: Below you can learn how to manage credits with Transkribus Lite. For the management of credits in the Transkribus Expert Client please consider this guide

The credit manager

With Transkribus Lite you can view and organize your credits directly in your browser. The credit manager in Transkribus lite gives you full control over your credits. You can check the credits packages that you own, assign shareable credit packages to other collections and split credit packages into smaller packages (for instance, if you want to use one package in several collections). On the top of the credits manager you can see your overall credits balance i.e. the total of all credits that you have available in your packages.

The Credit Manager in Transkribus Lite

Package information

Initially, you will find your free credit package in the credit table which shows all packages owned by you. Besides the balance of the package, i.e. the number of remaining credits in that package, another important value is the “shareable” property. The free package is not shareable meaning that only you can use it for recognition services.

Once you click on a package in the list of packages, you will see the collections your packages is assigned to (for shareable packages) and a list of all transactions (i.e. recognition jobs, transfers, splits etc.) of your package.

Credit Package Information

Order of Credit Package Consumption

The order in which credits are deducted from packages is as follows:

  1. When a recognition job is started in a collection, credits assigend to this collection are always used first
  2. If there are no credits assigned to the collection or the balance is 0, credits are deducted from the personal credit packages of the user that has started the recognition job

Note: Expiring credits are always used first within the respective level (collection or personal). 

Order of Credit Package Consumption

Shareable credits

Not all credits are sharable. With the packages “120” and “500”, we offer more affordable but at the same time limited packages. They can only be bought once a month and cannot be shared. Larger packages come with full sharing functionality and do not have a monthly buying limit.

In case you have “shareable” credit packages, you can authorize other users to use them for recognition jobs.
Therefore, the users must be added to the respective collection with a role that allows them to start recognition jobs, e.g. “Transcriber” (see also How To Transcribe Documents with Transkribus on how to manage users in collections).

Assigning credits to a collection

The “Assign” tab of the credit manager, enables you to assign your shareable credit packages to other collections. For this, you just need to take the following steps:

  1. Select the collection you want to assign a credit package to
  2. Select the credit package you want to assign to that collection
  3. Click “Add” to add the selected package to the collection

With the same workflow, you can also remove credit packages from a collection. For this, you just need to select the package that you want to remove from the assigned packages in the list at the bottom of the assign tab and click on remove.

Assigning shareable packages to a collection

Splitting Shareable Packages

In case you want to split credit packages to assign parts of the credits to multiple collections, you can use the “Split” tab in the credits manager. To split a package, you need to select the package from which you want split credits off and then select the amout of credits that you want to split off from the package. The amout that you have selected will be transfered from the seleted package to a new package that is called “Shareable Custom Credit Package”.

Splitting a package